Halloween is a holiday that requires special planning. Here’s a list of events, activities and food specials that’ll help you rock your way through the whole month of October, Halloween week and beyond!

Be sure to check out our complete guide to Durham this Fall including festivals, pumpkin patches, and Halloween celebrations.

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

Fall means pumpkins, and that means Pumpkin Patches. Plus corn mazes. We’ve rounded up a list of all the spots and around Durham. Check them all out here.

All The Fall Festivals 

There’s a lot happening this month. All the fall feels, y’all. Here’s all the Fall Festivals, Activities, and Halloween Celebrations happening in Durham this September and October. No spooky surprises, just a good time.


September 22 | 1-10pm | Bull City Ciderworks

 Bull City Ciderworks is hosting their 2nd annual CiderJam to kick off the best season. We’ll feast from food trucks, sip on delicious craft ciders and seriously get down with some amazing local artists.


Pumpkin Express at the Museum of Life + Science

Oct 6-28 (Weekends Only) | 10:00am –4:00pm 
Trains leave the station every half hour.

Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the museum’s pumpkin patch. Pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games before returning to the station. Trains depart every half hour. Tickets are $15 per person and includes a pumpkin, in addition to general admission to the museum. Children 2 and under free.

SPLATTERFLIX at Carolina Theatre | Oct. 12-14

The 1970s and 80s were a phenomenal era for horror films, with some of the greatest, scariest, and in some cases, campiest films ever made. This series which showcases 16 of the creepiest horror films. 

10-Passes for Splatterflix are $80. Individual tickets are $9.50

Xtreme Haunt: A Zombie Shooting Experience | Oct. 13-30

Xtreme Kombat Park | 7460 Hwy. 98, Wake Forest Rd., Durham

For a extremely spooky night of taking on zombies head to Xtreme Kombat Park. You’ll ride on a 40-foot military truck with mounted paintball guns to shoot at roaming zombies in the night, enjoy a zip line in the dark and face a challenge in a mini escape room.

Open Oct. 13-30 on select nights, 6-11 p.m. Ticket window closes at 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $10, tickets at the door are $15.

Little Shop of Horror

Stock up just in time for Halloween. A local favorite, Little Shop of Horror has an awesome selection of movies, gifts, and oddities. You can actually visit all year around!